Gladiators star Cobra is out of hospital and back in the gym after beating pneumonia and having a hip replacement.
Telly favourite Michael Wilson, 55, spent a month under the care of doctors fighting for his life earlier this year.
He was treated in an intensive care unit after being diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and chest condition pleurisy.
Michael was released after a month, and underwent a hip replacement operation two weeks ago – and he’s already back in the gym.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Online, Michael said: “I’ve got a new hip. I’ve recovered really quick. I got over… well I’m still getting over pleurisy and pneumonia.
“I’m waiting on a bicep repair, I might have a new shoulder next year and in three months I’m going to get my other hip done.
“I’m now doing lots of physiotherapy. I’m been going to the gym. Keeping the muscles strong.
"It’s really helped with my recovery. I’m going in every other day. I’ve got a great personal trainer who helps old blokes who are falling apart.
“I was walking within a few hours of waking up. I’ve kept the muscles as strong as possible.”
He also revealed that he’s been flooded with support from his former Gladiators co-stars since he was in hospital, admitting that several, including James ‘Hunter’ Crossley, broke down in tears when they found out he was fighting for his life.
Michael said: “Wolf text me the other day. They all phoned and sent loads of abusive texts, big butch men can’t be too sentimental.
“A few broke down when they heard I really wasn’t well – Hunter, Ace, Puma, Rhino.”
Michael is now feeling positive about the future and has vowed to get himself back in shape and fighting fit.
He added: “I’ll hopefully get my new hip in three months then I’ll be rocking.
“Since my hip op, it’s got rid of a lot of the pain and now I’m feeling really optimistic.
“I was really ill in that hospital. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get out. Now every day I see as a bonus.
“I’ve put myself on a proper diet, I’m going to give it as much as I can to get back in shape.”
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